Despite ATU itself winding down, the research group started by the project will continue  to meet monthly at the University Centre Folkestone. A meeting to discuss future projects and activities will be held in May 2013 if you are interested in attending and to get further information contact lesley.hardy@canterbury.ac.uk  

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One of the subjects we are very interested in at A Town Unearthed is that of local myths and legends. We are very grateful to Paul Harris for recently contributing some research on the legendary connections between the Celtic prince Vortimer and the Folkestone area, in particular Sugarloaf and Castle Hills. So who was Vortimer? He was a 5th century Celtic prince who, legend has it, fought a series of battles with the Saxons across Kent in AD456 (ironically, it

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The ATU Research group has begun planning for an experimental archaeology project to explore the idea that the East Cliff Folkestone was used as a signalling station in Roman times

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An analysis of S.E. Winbolt’s book ‘Roman Folkestone’ by ATU research volunteer Lorraine Flisher, looking at the issues and questions it raises for future study and consideration. Click on the link below to download: Winbolt questions (word doc 39KB)

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Prior to the commencement of ‘A Town Unearthed, Folkestone before 1500 (ATU) project; and the villa excavation at ‘Jock’s Pitch’ East Wear Bay in June 2010, enlisted ATU volunteers were given a hands-on training opportunity to carry-out a three day geophysical survey under the direction of Vince Burrows (Sub Scan South-East Archaeological and Commercial Geophysical Surveys). The fieldwork was undertaken on licence from English Heritage to re-establish the exact location of the Roman Villa and to identify further possible archaeological

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Local Archaeological Officer and ATU volunteer, Richard Cross has unearthed a pathe new clip featuring the cliffs at Folkestone being cleared of mines during the war.  A fascinating film which can be viewed via the link below. http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=47588

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